Our lives are surrounded by video clips, television, music, and movies. Thank you internet, television, radio, and mobile. There’s value there, no question. It’s just hard to escape it, even if you want to. And the reality is, we need to, because so much of it, is trivial. Consider these words from AW Tozer:
Jesus not only separated himself from sinners in the sense that He did not partake of their sins, but He was separated from the snare of trivialities. We Christians do so many things that are not really bad; they are just trivial. They are unworthy of us–much as if we discovered Albert Einstein cutting out paper dolls.
Our minds may not be among the six greatest of the ages, but like Einstein’s, our minds have endless capabilities. Our Spirits were designed by God to communicate with Deity. Yet we consume our time in trivialities…
The runner separates himself from street clothes in order to free himself for the race. The soldier separates himself from civilian garb in order to don equipment that helps his mission of combat. So we as God’s loving disciples must separate ourselves from everything that hinders our devotion to God. —The Radical Cross, AW Tozer
Tozer lays before us a great challenge. But the challenge of the challenge is that we’re surrounded by media. But Christian, do remember that we’ve been surrounded by saints who’ve ran the same race before us?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Perhaps it would encourage you to hear the voices of Able, Enoch, and Noah testifying of God’s grace for you to overcome. Maybe being reminded of God’s favor and calling to Abraham, Sarah, Issac, Jacob, and Joseph would be helpful. How about the ways God powerfully worked in the Exodus through Moses, Israel, Joshua, and Rahab? If there were time, would could talk about Gideon, Barak, Sampson, Jepthath, David, Samuel, and the prophets.
Yes we’re surrounded by the trivial, but we’re surrounded in other ways as well. There are things we can better spend our time on. There is a mission to accomplish. And ultimately, as a history of God’s people testify to, God desires to give us more.